Join PRRI for the Release of a New National Survey Exploring a Decade of Change in American Attitudes about LGBT Issues

On Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. EST, leading researchers will discuss a major new survey exploring a decade of change in American attitudes on LGBT-related issues and the impact of religion and culture on those attitudes. The study, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, will be released amid the backdrop of rising support for legal rights for LGBT Americans and prominent legal battles over same-sex marriage in Utah and... more … [Read more...]

President Obama Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Workers

Today's Buzz covers a raise in the federal minimum wage, a new survey on Catholics in America and around the world, and controversy over the way Bob Jones University has handled cases of sexual assault. … [Read more...]

God Talk: A New Book by Paul Djupe and Brian Calfano

God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion, a just-released volume examining whether and how religion influences public opinion, politics and candidates, is the latest book co-authored by PRRI affiliated scholar Paul Djupe of Denison University and Missouri State University’s Brian Calfano. The authors use use experimental methodology to understand how elites might use religion to influence the public as well as how the public reacts to the use of politics by religious e … [Read more...]

New Survey Examines Catholic Attitudes toward Church Doctrine

A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception. … [Read more...]

Washington State Governor Issues Moratorium on Death Penalty

Today's Buzz covers a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state, the historically inaccurate inclusion of camels in Genesis, and new efforts to address economic inequality. … [Read more...]

Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Could Michael Sam be the NFL’s First Openly Gay Player?

Today's Buzz covers extended federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, efforts to reform the government's surveillance programs, and controversy over homophobia within the NFL. … [Read more...]

Is the NFL Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Michael Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri and The Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said during an interview Sunday that he is gay. Sam, projected to be an early pick in the May NFL draft, could become the league's first openly gay active player in history. Although a full two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans agree gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, one still has to wonder: is the macho culture of the NFL ready to embrace a gay … [Read more...]

Could Soccer Replace Football and Baseball as America’s Favorite Sport?

Today's Buzz covers the GOP's approach to solving economic inequality, a same-sex ballot measure in Oregon, and whether administering medical marijuana to children is in line with Christian values. … [Read more...]


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